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Scholarships for Gay or Lesbian Students

Colleges, universities and organizations offer many academic, extracurricular and financial aid opportunities to LGBT-identified students and LGBT allies. While there are LGBTQ scholarships exclusively reserved for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex students, there are LGBTQ scholarships available to questioning LGBTQI students and allies. There are many scholarships for LGBTQ allies who are dedicated to the active promotion of equal rights and opportunities. Students who participate in LGBTQ-related activities and community projects can land significant college scholarships to help pay for school. Some LGBTQ scholarships give more than just money - scholarship providers may offer leadership training and mentoring program to further advocate and promote LGBTQ rights.

In order to financially assist the LGBT community, we offer a list of scholarships for LGBTQ students and allies. Below are a few scholarships for LGBTQ activists, LGBTQ and questioning students but don't forget to conduct a thorough, free scholarship search to land as much free college scholarship money you can.

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Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund are for students who will be pursuing post-secondary, undergraduate education in an accredited institution or program during the coming school year and who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or have a LGBTQ parent. Applicants must have resided for at least one year in the State of Oregon or in Clack, Cowlitz, Skamania, or Wahkiakum Counties in [...] More

CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $500
  • The CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship provides financial support and hope to meritorious students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues. Preference is given to currently enrolled Wayne State University LGBT students, although all Wayne State University students are invited to apply. All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time with [...] More

eQuality Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • Amount: $6,000
  • eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBT+ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible for most scholarships. Awards are available to graduating high school [...] More

Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Sacramento Chapter of PFLAG is pleased to be able to offer the Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship to LGBTQ students from the Sacramento area. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education, including vocational and technical schools; demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBTQ+ community; and, have a 2.5 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

Grand Valley State University LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The purpose of the Grand Valley State University LGBT Scholarship is to provide financial assistance for students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues, to promote visibility of LGBT life and to foster service and activism in the larger community. Preference is given to LGBT students. Applicants must be degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.0 GPA. For more [...] More

LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/14/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships, applicants must: be a graduating high school senior enrolled in a college or trade school in the US or Canada; be a US citizen; have a 3.0 GPA; and, identify as LGBTQ. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Northern Michigan University Allies Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • NMU ALLIES is an organization at Northern Michigan University for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Its purpose is to provide an avenue for faculty, staff, and students who wish to offer visible support for a safe university environment for faculty, staff, and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or other sexual and gender minorities. Throughout [...] More

NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/7/2023
  • Amount: $500
  • The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a research award in recognition of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation research project in areas of Lesbian, Queer, and LGBT Studies that resonates with the mission of NWSA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

  • Application Deadline: 6/4/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM students which are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ community.

    One scholarship will go to an undergraduate student, and one will go to a [...] More

Pacific Gas & Electric Company PrideNetwork ERG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • Amount: $6,000
  • Employee Resource Groups not only help bring our employees together, but provide an essential bridge of communication to our customers, regardless of culture, age, gender or other defining elements. As part of the support these groups provide to the communities we serve, ERGs offer scholarship opportunities for those pursuing higher education. PG&E and its employee groups offer a wide range of [...] More

PFund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • PFund is a vital resource and community builder for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders and inspiring giving.

    Applicants must identify as LGBTQIA and live or attend school in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Pride Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/6/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Our work is grounded in the simple, yet revolutionary belief every person should be able to live safely, openly, and genuinely in all the places we call home. This is the same belief that has guided our visionary leaders for more than three decades. Pride Foundation was founded in 1985, in the midst of the HIV & AIDS crisis, by a small but courageous group of people who came together to create a [...] More

Pride Scholarship at Michigan State University

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Pride Scholarship is given to an MSU undergraduate student selected through a competitive application process. Candidates should demonstrate academic achievement and involvement with, or contributions to, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Preference is given to incoming, first year (or transfer) students, although all undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Your [...] More

SCF Aritzia Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Established by Aritzia, a fashion retailer with an innovative global platform, this scholarship supports LGBTQIA people in their pursuit of higher education. Four students will receive one-time scholarships of $5,000 each, paid directly to the student’s school. The application consists of 3 short essay questions, a letter of recommendation, and transcripts from your latest academic institution. [...] More

The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship is available to any gay or lesbian undergraduate student who is a resident of West Virginia. The scholarship applies to attendance at any institute of higher learning in the United States. The scholarship is awarded in August for the upcoming school year.

    An essay and proof of college attendance/acceptance is required by June 30th. The [...] More
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